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SONY/ATV BEEFS UP ITS CREATIVE TEAM
4/19/18
Sony/ATV Nashville has bolstered its ranks by adding four new team members to its creative staff. Dane Schmidt joins as Creative Director, Katie Kerkhover as Creative Manager, Stephen Denninger as Creative Coordinator, and Laura Castillo as A&R Assistant. Schmidt comes to Sony/ATV from Tree Vibez Music, where he oversaw daily operations. Kerkhover previously worked as an A&R consultant at CAM Creative. She also toured as a fiddle player for several artists, including Sara Evans and Billy Currington. Denninger is a 2016 Belmont graduate and comes to the company from Universal Music Publishing. Castillo is a soon-to-be Belmont graduate and has interned with Sony/ATV for the past year, working in both the Administrative and Creative offices. "The Four" will report to SVP Josh Van Valkenburg, who oversees the A&R team in Nashville. Josh commented, “Dane, Katie, Stephen, and Laura bring another level of energy, excitement, and experience to our team. They are passionate about songwriters, and we are thrilled to have them join our family! By which I mean they'll coming over to my house tonight and playing an assortment of board games."
PAISLEY AND OTHER PATTERNS
4/19/18
"Hey, dudes, I just crossed out a few deal terms and added a clause that obliges you guys to dress like giant plushies on alternate Tuesdays," guffaws superstar Brad Paisley on the occasion of his re-inking with Sony Music Nashville. "Just kiddin'! You guys are a hoot." Seen just before Greenberg Traurig's Jess Rosen rushed in with a few last-minute redlines are (l-r) SMN's EVP Marketing & New Business John Zarling, EVP/COO Ken Robold, Paisley, label boss Randy Goodman, manager Bill Simmons, SVP A&R Jim Catino and EVP Promo/Artist Development Steve Hodges.
AMRICANAFEST ANNOUNCES FIRST SLATE OF PERFORMERS
4/19/18
Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Lee Ann Womack and Brandy Clark are among the 74 artists announced today who will perform at the 19th annual AmericanaFest from 9/11-16 in Nashville. More than 250 artists will perform at the Americana Music Festival & Conference, which has put Festival Wristbands on sale to the public at for $75. Available here and in Nashville at Grimey's New & Preloved Music and The Groove, Festival Wristbands allow admission into all evening showcase venues and select sanctioned parties and events. Americana Music Association Conference registrations are also open. The 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards will be held 9/12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Among the artists confirmed for the fest are Alejandro Escovedo, Dom Flemons, Drivin N Cryin, The Earls of Leicester, Jerry Douglas, Joe Purdy, John Carter Cash, John Oates, Mary Gauthier, Ron Pope, Shemekia Copeland and Whiskey Wolves of the West. The full list is here.
EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS "SONY," DO A SHOT
4/17/18
Seen at the ACMs hoisting assorted cocktails—but with nary a tear in any beer—are Sony Music Nashville’s Jim Catino, Ken Robold and Steve Hodges, Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey and Whit Sellers, SMN boss Randy Goodman, OD’s Trevor Rosen, Morris Higham Management’s Will Hitchcock, OD’s Brad Tursi and Geoff Sprung and SMN’s John Zarling.
PAINTING THE TOWNES RED
4/16/18
"The first person to make a 'Where's the Captain?' joke is fired," chortles Sony Music Nashville boss Randy Goodman as he and his team hail the inking of singer/songwriter Tenille Townes during the ACMs. Seen wishing they hadn't quoted us in the press release are (l-r) EVP/COO Ken Robold, EVP Promo/Artist Development Steve Hodges, Shopkeeper Management's Marion Kraft and Crystal Dishmon, Townes, Goodman, EVP Marketing/New Business John Zarling and SVP A&R Jim Catino.
AN ACMS FOR THE AGES
4/16/18
By Holly Gleason Would they? Wouldn’t they? How could they? With the Academy of Country Music returning to Vegas for the 53rd annual ACM Awards, the org’s first since the terrible mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival, the notion of how to recognize the tragedy without exploiting the 58 killed and several hundred injured loomed large. ...Read more.
AKINS IN THE HEART
4/16/18
Warner/Chappell Nashville boss Ben Vaughn and team pose with ACM Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins, the father of 28 #1 singles and Thomas Rhett. The pubbery's Music City division had much to celebrate, including Chris Stapleton's Album of the Year and Male Vocalist wins, Midland's trophy as New Vocal Group, Single of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" (co-penned and produced by Zach Crowell), Brothers Osborne's Vocal Duo and Video wins and "The Fighter" (written and produced by busbee) prevailing as Vocal Event of the Year. It's also worth noting that the new Carrie and Miranda singles, "Cry pretty" and "Keeper of the Flame," were both penned by the great Liz Rose. In all, W/C writers played a role in the composition of 16 out of 24 songs performed during the highly rated broadcast. That's 2/3 or 66.6%, we think, though we don't have an abacus handy. "There’s no community like the Nashville community," reads an appreciative memo from Vaughn to his staff. "Watching them pull together as a family to show the strength of our music, and seeing the success in the ratings and the socials is so gratifying. A special thank you to the hardworking people of ACM who put in countless hours to make sure that ‘the week that Vegas goes country’ was such a smashing success for everyone. If anyone needs me, I'll be at the blackjack table for a few hours, and then under it." Seen wondering who'd be first to ink a pub deal with Stapleton's twins are (l-r) Vaughn, Akins and W/C's Jessi Vaughn, Will Overton and Ryan Beuschel.
UNITED AT THE ACMS
4/16/18
While celebrating this year's winners, the fellas at UTA gathered to capture this sweet moment with Premier Global Productions' Troy Vollhoffer at the 53rd Annual ACM Awards. Pictured just before going hard to negotiate bigger cowboy hats for their clients are (l-r): Curt Motley, Brian Nossokoff, Vollhoffer, Nick Meinema, Lance Roberts and Nick Barnes.
KANE'S ACM AWARDS ENCORE
4/13/18
After watching the 53rd annual ACM Awards live broadcast this Sunday (4/15), Comcast Xfinity customers will get access to an exclusive encore performance from RCA Nashville's Kane Brown, who's up for two awards this year including New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year. On top of his ACM nods, Brown will also be performing for the award show's broadcast. Singing his current platinum single "Heaven," the country crooner's bonus performance will be available immediately following the ceremony's broadcast. The additional content is the fruit of an Xfinity x 53rd ACM Awards partnership, which includes exclusive archival ACM footage available before the show as well. The ACM Awards air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 4/15 at 8/7pm CT on CBS.
ALTONE UPPED AT SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE
4/13/18
Sony Music Nashville has announced the promotion of Paige Altone to the role of Marketing Director. Reporting to EVP Marketing & New Business John Zarling, Altone is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategy. "Paige's work ethic mixed with passion for her artists has been essential as Sony Music Nashville has turned the page—pardon the pun—in breaking new acts," noted Zarling. "From Kane Brown, to Luke Combs, to Old Dominion, to Chris Young and many others, Paige's roster of artists [has] excelled with her as their marketing quarterback. I am thrilled to be able to recognize her growth and accomplishments with this promotion."In other news, we've been designated the task of development and execution in tequila-consumption strategy, a dirty job but someone's gotta do it.
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